2018 CDT Exercise

EPSRC launched a call for Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) on 17 January 2018, with decisions expected in December 2018 for student start in the 2019 academic year.  The call document provides all the information required for the outline stage of the call.  Full proposal applications will be accepted from those successful at the outline stage and the call document will be updated with more details of the requirements for that stage at a later date.  An FAQ page is available and will be developed further during the duration of the call.

CDTs are one of the three main ways by which EPSRC provides support for doctoral training. The other routes are the Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) and Industrial CASE Studentships (ICASE), which together make up more than 50% of our current spend on studentships. These routes continue to meet much of the need for doctoral students. This call follows a previous exercise, which resulted in 115 CDTs being funded in 2013.

Dual-Stream Approach

The call has a dual-stream approach. One stream will be focussed on the delivery of CDTs with a number of priority areas, and this will be complemented by a second stream of CDTs open to ideas outside of the priority areas. Both types of CDTs will need to demonstrate excellence and all applications will need to make a strong case for a national need for investment in a CDT compared with other routes for doctoral funding.


Cash leverage from universities and partners will be required. More information is available within the call documentation.

Contact Details

In the following table, contact information relevant to the page. The first column is for visual reference only. Data is in the right column.

Name: Centres for Doctoral Training
Organisation: EPSRC

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